Is Your Medication Killing You?
How long should you stay on a maintenance medication? Here is a true case study.
A septuagenarian has sudden onset of dizziness, heavy sensation in both legs, speech abnormality (not slurred, but "thick-tongue" sound) and cognitive deficits. The patient is fine on Friday. Dizziness is present upon waking Saturday morning. A short while later her legs begin feeling heavy, making walking difficult.
By Sunday, speech is impaired, and as the day progresses cognition is involved. Sunday night the patient dreams so vividly of deceased parents that upon waking she cannot distinguish her dream from reality. It takes her spouse a while to convince her that they are in fact still dead. She begins making comments that deceased family members are getting ready for her and requests she be left alone to die.
Monday the heavy sensation is worse, making walking extremely difficult; and cognition continues to decline. The doctor wants to hospitalize the patient but acquiesces to her requests to go home, providing her family keeps close tabs on her. Though this doctor is not prone to testing, he sends her for tests to rule out lung cancer and brain cancer. Fortunately, both were negative.
The cause? Blood pressure medication the patient has been on for 30 years! The patient has now been off of the medicine for a month with no elevation in blood pressure. I'm not saying you should quit taking medications. Obviously you should consult with a physician before making any medication changes. But, is it possible you are still taking a medication that your body no longer needs?